What happens when you have a love for the natural world, a drive for social change and a Good Idea? You follow your passion through our Nature Based Accelerator, that’s what!

The Nature-Based Accelerator is a pilot programme created jointly by Glasgow City Council’s H2020 Connecting Nature project, The Melting Pot’s Good Ideas and Glasgow Caledonian University. It is supporting nature-based enterprises at an early stage of development that aim to make positive environmental, social, and economic change in Glasgow.

The programme started in June 2021 and aims to encourage more local and resilient nature-based economies, create more green jobs, and help Scotland achieve its net-zero targets. One of the main focusses of the pilot is on how we can use innovative enterprise ideas to help improve and maintain Glasgow’s open spaces.

Megan Fraser, one of the facilitators of the Nature-Based Accelerator, tells us:

“Guest facilitating for the Nature-Based Accelerator has been a real pleasure. The group is not afraid to ask themselves hard questions, challenge their assumptions, and work together to make sure that ideas truly change society for the better, and support the people they want to serve. We worked together on value propositioning, testing our hypotheses, and the best ways to influence a complex system. Especially in the year of COP26, it’s even more important and relevant that we support and help grow ideas inspired by, and contributing to, nature.”

The nature-based ideas being distilled by the Accelerator include visual story-telling and participatory programmes, local cut flower production, arts and crafts for wellbeing and green recovery projects. In the coming weeks we will be introducing the participants, their stories and enterprise ideas in a series of blog posts.

The pilot culminates in a Launch taking place on 2nd September, where the innovators will pitch their nature-based enterprise ideas. It will be an excellent opportunity to speak to them about their projects, top up on inspiration and motivation, and create valuable connections. Join us!